Trinidad and Tobago nature tours

“Trinidad and Tobago enjoy the flora and fauna of South America in a compact Caribbean setting. This in-depth tour reveals the best of both islands, tailored to your interests.”

Highlights

Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve hike| Glass-bottom boat tour to Little Tobago Bird Sanctuary | full day Tobago island tour | Asa Wright Nature Centre | Nariva Swamp | Caroni Bird Sanctuary | Oilbirds at Dunstan Caves | Leatherback turtles nesting and hatchlings emerging | also possible: snorkelling, kayaking, scuba diving, nature trails

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Our top tip:
If you're keen to see nesting leatherbacks, travel from March-August. Hatchlings emerge May-September.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
9 nights in 3-4* beachfront hotels, 5 nights in a rainforest lodge.
Solos:
Can be tailor made for solo travelers at extra cost.
Included:
Accommodation, local and international flights, transport, listed tours, transfers, tour guides.
Meals:
All breakfasts and dinners. 5 lunches at accommodation, packed lunches when on tours.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Trinidad and Tobago nature tours

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

During this trip you will be based at three different properties, all of which are located in rural areas close to the local communities. These hotels are the main source of employment for the nearby villages and local people are trained in a wide range of skills. At the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad all their resident guides are trained in conservation and wildlife and sometimes even sponsored through to University graduation. The Centre is committed to conservation education at all levels and approximately 4000 local school children visit the estate each year. The Lodge at the Asa Wright Centre is a comfortable non-profit making hotel, most of their funds come from their guest facilities and you can therefore help them develop their conservation efforts just by visiting the Centre.

At the Mt Plaisir Estate Hotel at Grande Riviere, the owner with the support of the village community, local artists and craftsman, has transformed the basic lodging into a rustic, eco-friendly hotel blending harmoniously with the surroundings. Most of the food served is grown organically on their farm, which you can visit. The furnishings here are the work of local craftsmen and artisans and are available for sale. Guests are immersed in the local community and village people are welcome to share in the hotelís facilities. This is where the endangered Leatherback Turtles lay in abundance. At night, Mt Plaisir is lit only by the dim yellow glow of low-watt bulbs masked by wicker shades; candles in the dining room and the light of the moon are the only other illuminations allowed while the turtles conduct their ancient ritual, sometimes just metres from your bedroom door.

Here, the turtles come first and this is now an important conservation area, which tourism is helping to preserve. All visitors must visit the turtle conservation center, where they are invited to view the exhibition on turtle conservation and pay a small fee, which goes directly to the efforts to raise awareness, conduct scientific research and stop poaching. In the past locals have killed the turtles for their shells and meat and dug up their eggs. Now they are employed as wardens and help protect the turtles.

All the national parks that you will visit on this trip are protected. The Tobago Forest Reserve is the oldest protected rainforest in the western hemisphere, with plantation owners realising as early as 1776 that they should stop cutting down the forest. Since then 14,000 acres of central Tobago were designated a protected Crown Reserve. On this tour, you will have the opportunity to walk the 5km Gilpin Trace trail through the Reserve with an experienced and knowledgeable local guide, who will ensure that a responsible code of conduct is followed so that any impact on the environment is minimised.

We choose all the accommodation that we use very carefully, for their location and their operating systems and work very closely with them. We visit every property regularly, to ensure that standards are kept, that they remain sympathetic to the environment, that whatever possible is done to be more energy sufficient and just to keep in touch.

We always recommend that guests eat out in local restaurants, try the street food from vendors and take part in the local culture, thus spreading vacation spending throughout the local community.

16 Reviews of Trinidad and Tobago nature tours

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Reviewed on 25 Jun 2019 by

We thoroughly enjoyed our well organised trip which met our bird watching requests. Everyone we came in touch with was friendly and helpful. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2019 by

Excellent. A great rip to a very interesting island. The extent of the rainforest was very pleasing to see. The way the villagers at Grande Riviere protest & conserve the leatherback turtles was awd inspiring and a great thing to experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2019 by

All 3 places we stayed in were equally enjoyable as were the birding activities... Overall the vacation was 5* and weíve booked with this tour operator again for next year. Canít wait. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jul 2018 by

An excellent vacation with good range of wildlife and fantastic scenery; ideal for both birders and those who have a more general interest in wildlife and the environment. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2018 by

I loved the quality of accommodation. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2017 by

Thousands of Scarlet Ibis coming to roost at Caroni Swamp Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Feb 2017 by

The most memorable was watching scarlet ibis come in to roost and visiting the oilbird caves from the Asa Wright Centre. The beautiful and peaceful environment at both Hacienda Jacana and Kariwack Village. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2016 by

It is equal to the best vacations we have been on and we want to repeat it. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 May 2016 by

Best bits: Seeing the leatherback turtle on the beach, closely followed by arriving on the veranda at ASA Wright, then the boat trip and scarlet ibis. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jan 2015 by

They have a philosophy where their priority is for conservation and education, trying to increase local people's knowledge of local flora and fauna, they also educate young people to become guides. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2014 by

The stars of the fortnight were definitely the birds: from thousands of scarlet ibis coming in to roost, tiny iridescent hummingbirds battling over sugar feeders, beautiful elegant tropic birds soaring above or comical tiny male manakins dancing to attract a female. Undersea life was a very close second - it was like swimming in an aquarium just a few metres off shore. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2014 by

Wonderful, loved being surrounded by nature. The leatherback turtles laying on the beach was also a highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2014 by

Getting to the heart of Carnival on our day trip there was the most memorable part of the vacation...Excellent - lovely people, great bird life, and a huge variety of fish to snorkel with, just off the beach... Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2014 by

Excellent, I will pass on recommendations to friends and family Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2013 by

Excellent...The best part was the turtles at Mt Plaisir, Grande Riviere. We watched one laying her eggs, and later helped a lost hatchling find the sea! Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Dec 2011 by

Seeing 188 species of bird which were new to me and in the process experiencing the sights and the people of the two islands....Excellent! Read full review

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